on a laptop, I loathe touchscreens like I have loathed no other interface in my life.
I agree with respect to the main display being a touchscreen. The worst part is that it's ergonomically unnatural because of the positioning having to reach across the keyboard and not being able to anchor/rest your wrist/hand/arm for improved accuracy. Close second is that you're getting fingerprints all over your main display. That's fine for a tablet, because you have no other choice, but I absolutely don't prefer it on a laptop. However, if the trackpad is a touchscreen, that's less of a problem because it's not going to be a primary/critical display, it serves the secondary role of icons, bar sliders, buttons, etc etc where I'd wager most users wouldn't care about fingerprints.
just brew it! wrote:
So when it has application specific buttons on it, what do you use for a pointing device?
I was thinking what Ludi said. Most trackpads have a toggle on-off button/zone on them anyway.
Plus it is very unnatural to look down here when using a laptop.
I've seen enough chicken-peckers that would disagree
Consider this though, what if the touchpad
touchscreen has icons on it that can eliminate the need for you to move your hand to a mouse or trackpad to navigate the cursor to an icon. Instead that's an icon that you hit with your thumb now.
Also seems like it'd be a pretty significant drain on battery life.
Define "significant". Certainly a 4.5" 720p AMOLED screen consumes a fraction of the power that a ~14" 1080p IPS screen does. Knowing that you'd be able to turn off the backlight and use the touchscreen as a trackpad only can help extend runtimes when needed.
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